Catch up on bedtime ZZZs with Caledonian Sleeper and Glencraft

Monday, 12 March 2018

With National Bed Month taking place from 1 – 31 March and World Sleep Day on 16 March, there’s no better time to remind ourselves of the importance of sleep.

Helping guests get a good night’s kip, Caledonian Sleeper has partnered with Aberdeen-based bed and mattress manufacturer, Glencraft, which is dedicated to improving sleeping patterns with comfortable and supportive beds.

As a social enterprise employing around 40 members of staff and the holder of a Royal Warrant, the organisation is known for its use of high-quality materials, attention to detail and craftsmanship. More than 300 Glencraft mattresses have been added to Caledonian Sleeper’s service with almost 1,000 additional mattresses ordered for its new trains which are due to arrive from October. 

Here, Graham McWilliam, Managing Director of Glencraft, provides guests with a series of tips and tricks to help drowsy travellers make the most of their slumber. 

Develop a bedtime routine

It may sound obvious but developing a bedtime routine is one of the best things you can do for getting your body into a sleep habit.

Whether you’re travelling or at home, try to go to bed at the same time every night, as well as get up at the same time the next morning. Wind down by limiting your screen time on a phone, laptop or tablet and instead read a book or practice some deep relaxation.

Don’t forget about your daytime routine

It may come as a surprise that a daytime routine also hugely affects sleeping states. Avoiding caffeine-based drinks and naps are obvious contributors but other day-to-day elements also play a major part.

Spend time outside in natural light for at least 30 minutes a day. Bright light exposure during the day helps to stimulate wakefulness helping to maintain healthy master clock timings which have an ‘anchoring’ effect. The ideal time to go outside is around midday so taking a 30 minute stroll at lunchtime is a great way to soak up some natural light.

Pay attention to your mattress

Sleep may be one of the biggest determining factors for good health and with around eight hours sleep every night required, it’s important to find the right mattress for you.

Tossing and turning can cause sleepless nights but with the right mattress you can reduce stress and pain levels, improve memory, protect your spine, reduce allergies and overall create a more positive lifestyle.

Our mattresses on board Caledonian Sleeper are completely bespoke and designed to offer the best night’s sleep possible when you’re away from your own bed. We’ve used modern technology alongside traditional fabrics, such as horse hair, to create a mattress that will add luxurious comfort to the journey.

The featured pocket springs encourage less movement while the horse hair material draws moisture which then escapes through a small vent. All in all this provides guests with a great experience that’s just like sleeping in their own bed.

And for when you can’t sleep?

Not being able to sleep can be incredibly frustrating. Lying awake through the night can become detrimental to the health of those who stress about it. Insomnia can end up causing anxiety and depression and so if at all possible it’s best to try not to worry about not sleeping.

On nights when you can’t sleep, get up and do something else. Catch up on some easy-going chores, read or enjoy a relaxing stretch but whatever you do, don’t catch up on missed sleep the next day. 

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